Ohio abortion clinic lands license needed to stay open

The Dayton area's last abortion clinic has prevailed in a years-long battle over Ohio’s stringent new licensing requirements and will remain open.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Dayton area's last abortion clinic has prevailed in a years-long battle over Ohio’s stringent new licensing requirements and will remain open.

The Ohio Department of Health has granted Women’s Med Center a surgical facility license.

After being unable to land the legally required emergency patient-transfer agreement, the center secured enough doctor signatures for a variance.

Ohio Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, said it’s disappointed the state has licensed a facility that’s skirted laws for years that are intended to protect women.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion-rights group, said Ohio’s restrictive abortion laws are not medically necessary.